National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week During the third week of January The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) host an annual event focusing on substance abuse and its impact on teenagers.

Launched in 2010, the National Drug Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) focuses on substance abuse education, linking students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol. NDAFW is the response to the growing substance abuse problems of teenagers in the United States. In 2015, 20.8 million people aged twelve or older in the United States had a substance use disorder1. This event offers an opportunity for young people to get real facts and combat stereotypes and misinformation seen in movies, TV shows, and on social media.

Animal model studies are critical in modeling the mechanisms of addiction in order to both prevent and treat disease. In understanding the reward versus risk behaviors, how substances act on the brain, and the level of mental and physical addiction, these animal models provide insight into improving treatment strategies and prevent relapse.

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1. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ), 2016.

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